It’s time for yet another trip down memory lane, and it’s a mixed one for Arsenal fans to digest. Twelve months ago today, the Gunners ensured that the race for a spot in the top four would come down to the final game of the season after they defeated Sunderland 2-0. While that, in itself, sounds like a good thing, all Arsenal fans will remember is their eventual feeling of dread when they realised they wouldn’t be competing in the UEFA Champions League after the aforementioned final game had been and gone.
Arsenal’s season has come to an end for yet another year, and while that may be depressing for some fans, there’s a lot to look forward to as we prepare for the summer. A new manager will be taking the reigns, the transfer window will be open again soon, and most importantly, it’s time for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Seriously, how could you not be pumped for that?
It’s time for yet another trip down memory lane, and unfortunately, this one isn’t quite as favourable. The place was Emirates Stadium and the date was May 11th, 2015, as Arsenal did something that they rarely do late in the season – lose in the league. The defeat came against a Swansea City side who were enjoying an incredibly successful Premier League campaign, which saw them rise up to the lofty heights of 8th position as they finished just two points outside of Tottenham Hotspur in 6th.
It’s time for another trip down memory lane, and while this game only happened twelve months ago, it’ll feel like it’s a million miles away for Arsenal fans. This time last year, the Gunners defeated Southampton 2-0 to ensure that their faint hopes of qualifying for the UEFA Champions League were kept alive. Unlike this year, where there’s just one game remaining, Arsenal still had three games remaining to try and make up some ground on Manchester City due to the fact that last season didn’t have a World Cup right around the corner in the summer.
Arsenal are still the only team in English league football without an away point in 2018, after suffering a defeat at the hands of Leicester City. The Gunners, who are set to enter their final game under the guidance of manager Arsene Wenger this Sunday, will be praying that they can salvage something from their trip to Huddersfield so that they can avoid the stigma of heading into next season without an away point in 2018 to their name.
While change can often be a difficult thing for people to deal with, in football, it’s one of the biggest aspects of the game. Things evolve and move on every single day, and because of that, most fans are often able to prepare themselves for what’s to come. In regards to Arsenal supporters, however, things are going to feel a little bit different next season as they go ahead with their lives without long-term manager Arsene Wenger.
Arsene Wenger’s time at the Emirates is finally coming to an end, and with that, many fans are asking questions regarding where his future in the game lies. As reported by Sky Sports, it seems as if the Frenchman isn’t exactly short of options, despite being less than two years away from turning 70. Still, he clearly has a passion for the game and wants to carry on doing what he loves, but you have to question whether or not the last few years of his time with Arsenal have tarnished his reputation.
It’s time for another trip down memory lane, as we take a look back at Arsenal’s 2-0 victory over Manchester United from twelve months ago. In many ways, the club’s season was going in a similar direction to this one, as they struggled to gain a foothold in the race for Champions League qualification. Of course, they had the FA Cup to contend with as opposed to the Europa League, but they were still facing the very real possibility of finishing outside the top four and missing UCL qualification for the first time in what felt like forever.
While some are choosing to be down in the dumps regarding the departure of Arsene Wenger, others are wisely choosing to look on the bright side of things. Arsenal Football Club is entering an entirely new era in the realms of English football, as the last great ‘long-term’ boss walks away from the Premier League – probably for good. While he could always return with another club, that isn’t the Gunners’ concern anymore, and instead, we should be drooling over the prospect of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette getting a full season together.
This weekend saw Arsene Wenger’s career of managing Arsenal against Manchester United end in typical fashion – with The Red Devils scoring late in the day to break the hearts of the Gunners. Still, it was an encouraging performance from Arsenal in more ways than one, and as they look ahead to next season they can be optimistic provided a new manager comes in that’s able to get the best out of this squad.